Editor’s update 9/16, 4:00 p.m.: As kickoff approaches, the DraftKings Sportsbook has the Browns listed as a 6.5-point favorite. The line climbed following news that Sam Darnold would be sitting out the game due to a mono diagnosis. Betting has been heavy in support of the Browns as of Monday morning. 82 percent of bets placed and 77 percent of money wagered is on the Browns to cover the spread. The moneyline has seen 78 percent of bets and 89 percent of money on the Browns.
Monday Night Football featured the most exciting game in Week 1, with a last-minute field-goal winner by the Saints to edge past the Texans. If you’re hoping for the same in Week 2, you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. The Browns, taking a 43-13 loss with them, travel to MetLife Stadium to face the Jets, who just blew a 14-point lead to the Bills last week. These two haven’t been Monday night opponents since they initiated the weekly tradition in the first-ever MNF game in 1970, a matchup that resulted in a 31-21 Browns’ victory.
Prior to last season, New York was undefeated in five consecutive games against Cleveland. Then Baker Mayfield had to mess everything up for the Jets, giving the Browns their first franchise win since two seasons prior. All of that history brings us to the present, where the Browns are 6.5-point favorites in an away game. This will feel like home for Cleveland’s Odell Beckham Jr., playing in his 31st career game at MetLife Stadium, but only his second against the Jets. In that first matchup, however, OBJ flexed a 6-149-1 stat line on New York. Will flexing that Richard Mille watch help him achieve similar numbers? The Browns hope so.
And now, let’s talk Jets. In an odd turn of events, they’ll be without their starting QB, Sam Darnold, due to mono, passing the position on to Trevor Siemian, who hasn’t played a game since 2017. Siemian will be reunited with his former Broncos teammate, Demaryius Thomas, who was traded from the Patriots just last week and is hopeful to jump right in on Monday night.
In a game filled with weird storylines, I still don’t expect too much excitement. The Browns should be able to bounce back from their Week 1 dud, covering the spread with a big night from Nick Chubb. Cleveland will aim to shore up its run defense after giving up 123 yards on the ground to Tennessee last week, opening up the short passing game for Siemian to Le’Veon Bell.
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Browns at Jets
Point Spread: Jets +6.5
Total Points: 45.5
Money Line: Browns -265; Jets +225
Overall 2018 (2019): Browns 7-8-1 (0-1); Jets 4-12 (0-1)
ATS 2018 (2019): Browns 10-6 (0-1); Jets 5-11 (0-1)
O/U 2018 (2019): Browns 8-8 (1-0); Jets 10-6 (0-1)
Notable Prop Bets
- Nick Chubb to score 1st TD of the game and team to win: +700
- Baker Mayfield to throw under 0.5 interceptions: +135
- Le’Veon Bell to get over 35.5 receiving yards: -115
- Jamison Crowder to have more receiving yards than Jarvis Landry: +100
- The Jets have lost each of their last six home games.
- The favorites have covered the spread in each of the last nine games between the Browns and Jets.
- Five of the last six Monday night games have gone UNDER the total points line.
- David Njoku has scored a touchdown in each of the Browns’ last four games as favorites.
- Robby Anderson has scored a touchdown in each of the Jets’ last three night games at MetLife Stadium.
- Nick Chubb has scored at least one touchdown in four of the Browns’ last seven road games.
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